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  1. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    I don't know now if they can fit him in though... CapFriendly has the Jets with an estimated $20.6M in cap space this offseason but need to re-sign Hellebuyck, Trouba, Morrissey, Enstrom, and to a lesser extent Lowry and Armia. I guess they can replace Lowry and Armia with cheaper depth players but if they were to re-sign Stastny he would have to come at a massive discount.
  2. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    I want Benning to overpay for Paul Stastny on a short-term deal. He is 32 years old and just coming off a 4 year $28M contract and had 52 points this season. A two year $14M deal ($7M per season) would be perfect if he wanted to come and play alongside a Boeser, Pettersson, or Gaudette. Plus, he's great at face-offs and in year 2 we could retain 50% salary and trade him for assets (this past deadline, Stastny was traded for a 1st, 3rd and a forward prospect).
  3. Michael DiPietro | G

    I was just listening to Sportsnet 650; They were saying that this opportunity could be Hockey Canada "grooming" Michael DiPietro to be the starting goalie at next year's U20 WJC. Carter Hart is turning professional this offseason so this would give DiPietro valuable experience and training to further develop his game to be THE GUY for Hockey Canada. It's an interesting thought, as the radio guys were also saying that the rest of the world has caught up with Hockey Canada and everything is so competitive. Anything to get the competitive edge. That said, it's a big testament to DiPietro's abilities in net and the faith Hockey Canada has in him.
  4. Olli Juolevi | D

    I agree with all of you guys. I thought his skating was a real strength of his. I clearly remember reading interviews from OHL coaches saying that Olli Juolevi is so hard to gameplan against because of his ability to escape the forecheck with his skating or his quick passing. I was excited to see him at training camp this year but thought that he didn't look as quick as advertised. I thought it was the difference between OHL speed and NHL speed. That said, it is a very real thing when you bulk up by adding 20 lbs over the summer. As DeNiro says, look at Jake Virtanen. He was one of the fastest players in the WHL and in his first year in the NHL here his speed was electrifying. The following summer he packed on 20 lbs and look what happened... his pace slowed down, he was taking short shifts, and probably due to him tiring out too quickly he would make "low IQ" plays. This year he's looked much much better and much faster. I think that the added weight gain for Juolevi slowed down his quickness. Cutting down on fat, getting stronger, and improving his explosiveness will be big goals for him this offseason. Maybe it will help him to get quicker on his feet and maybe with improved endurance/less fatigue and players in the right position he'll be able to make quicker decisions. That's my two cents anyways.
  5. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    Boqvist putting up the points! He would look good beside Juolevi on the top-pair and the two of them would personify the "new NHL" style of defenseman -- quick skating, quick puck movement, and quick decision making. In terms of other prospects, I've heard some good things about Johnathan Tychonick. IIRC Craig Button was talking about him recently on TSN 1040 and he was saying that Tychonick reminds him of a Victor Mete. Smaller player that needs time to get stronger, but someone who excels in transition and puck movement. An excellent skater and has good offensive instincts. Tychonick is committed to the University of North Dakota so he'll likely take a few years there to get stronger and further develop his game. He will likely be drafted in the late-1st early-2nd round.
  6. Nikita Tryamkin | D

    Sounds like he is very much open to the possibility that he can come back to the NHL. He definitely respects his contractual obligations, which is probably a good thing considering our team is still stocking up on young assets and developing. As others have said, by the time his contract is over in 2 years he could be back playing alongside a more mature and established Horvat, Boeser, Pettersson, Goldobin, Virtanen, Juolevi, Gudbranson, and Demko. Tryamkin could conceivably sign and have the opportunity to immediately step into a top-4 role for us. I think things would be very interesting if we land one of the top two picks (Dahlin and Svechnikov), or even acquire a mid-or late-1st round pick and draft a Russian. Would that entice Tryamkin even more?
  7. Olli Juolevi | D

    Oh god I dunno who to believe... I just found a stream online so hopefully I can watch a bit of third period before I go to work. And yes @Rob_Zepp it was me who asked about Heiskanen. Last year leading up to the entry draft I thought Heiskanen would be available at our pick and that his potential is sky high. I really wanted him but his U18 performance skyrocketed him up all the way to to the third pick. I've been stat-watching him throughout the season and from his play against men and media reports he looks like a sure-fire stud and at least a top-pairing defenseman at the NHL level.
  8. Olli Juolevi | D

    Heiskanen playing in this game for HIFK?
  9. Olli Juolevi | D

    I agree. I'm hoping management re-signs Edler and trades Tanev. Stecher and Gudbranson look like they can handle top-4 minutes on the right side. There isn't anyone other than Edler on the left that can handle those minutes at the moment. Juolevi in the very near future, hopefully.
  10. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    For those that don't know, LastWordOnHockey is doing their annual rankings and prospect profile countdown. I've been following their end of season countdown since the 2014 draft and it's quite good IMO. Not super detailed (it is free after all) but it gives some good info. Their top 10 is: 1. Dahlin 2. Svechnikov 3. Zadina 4. Boqvist 5. Wahlstrom 6. Hughes 7. Dobson 8. Smith 9. Tkachuk 10. Bouchard Interesting how they rate Smith above both Tkachuk and Bouchard. I guess you really can't go wrong with a 5-8 draft pick because every GM (and every fan) will have different lists. I'm hoping for one of Boqvist, Hughes, Dobson, or Tkachuk. IMO defense takes priority then the left wing position as there are no high rated centres in that 4-9 range and we have depth on RW with Boeser, Virtanen, and Lind.
  11. Olli Juolevi | D

    Juolevi with a wrister from just inside the blueline on the powerplay that wrang off the post. Had it gone in it would've been his second point of the evening and it would've put his team up 2-0. He's looking good so far. Smooth skating and making good decisions on the powerplay.
  12. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    I'm starting to get on the Noah Dobson hype train. Kid has been compared to Alex Pietrangelo -- no one attribute or production metric stands out at you but he plays effectively at both ends of the rink as a #1 defenseman. Dobson, based on what I've read in the scouting community, has legitimate #1 defenseman upside and, in terms of his floor, is a safe bet to be at least an all-around top-4 guy.
  13. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    I could see Hughes being available later on in the top-10. Boqvist and Tkachuk are likely to be top-5 picks after Dahlin, Svechnikov, and Zadina. That leaves Hughes, Bouchard, and Wahlstrom. Dobson seems like a wild card. He could go right before Hughes considering his size, right hand shot, and skating ability. And that he's highly effective in all three zones too. As much skill Hughes has, I could see him drop to the 8 or 9 spot. That's right in our ballpark if we stay at our same spot or drop back a bit in the lottery.
  14. 2018-2019 Potential Line-up (with what we have)

    Gonna be hard to replace the production of two top-6 forwards. They'll be asking a lot from the young kids, especially Goldobin, Gaudette, and Virtanen. I would look at a veteran free agent acquisition. Someone with speed. Evander Kane fits that bill. Jannik Hansen too. I would also look at trading for a top-6 centre. Maybe Tanev and a pick or prospect for a top-6 centre and a pick or prospect. Tanev for Nugent-Hopkins? And Baertschi, Hutton, and a pick for Domi to add more skill? For example, Domi - Horvat - Boeser Kane - Nugent-Hopkins - Pettersson Goldobin - Gaudette - Virtanen Eriksson - Sutter - Archibald Motte Edler - Gudbranson Del Zotto - Pouliot Juolevi - Stecher Sautner, Biega Markstrom Demko EDIT: forgot about Leipsic and Gagner
  15. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    Squats, deadlifts. Plyometrics to work on his explosiveness. Core exercises. Put in some balance stuff too. Heck just get him and Dahlen to train with Henrik and Daniel Sedin. Give them a skating coach too while they're at it.